Electronic folk, as practiced by the likes of Beck ( Mutations ) and others, is a hard road to hoe. Get too excessive on the electronic end, and you end up cluttering your sound with meaningless squeaks and blips. Too much folk, and you veer into mush. Mark Geary mixes elements of both artfully on this self-titled release. He shows himself to be a clever wordsmith, as on “Adam and Eve”: “And god doesn’t know me/Or answer my calls/He doesn’t know me from Adam/Or Eve at all.” Which, if you think about it, is a pretty deep concept. Musically, dreadnought guitars ride on drum loops in a calm but eclectic manner, creating a sound that won’t overwhelm you, but engages you in subtle ways. Give this one a few spins — it will grow on you.
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